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Felix Magath Admits He Used Cheese To Treat Brede Hangeland Injury

23/09/2014 09:16 BST | Updated 23/09/2014 09:59 BST
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NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Felix Magath, (C) the Fulham manager looks on with his management team during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Fulham at the City Ground on September 17, 2014 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Felix Magath has admitted he suggested Brede Hangeland use cheese to treat a thigh injury during his disastrous tenure as Fulham manager.

Magath, 61, was sacked by Fulham last week after a run of six defeats and one draw left them bottom of the Championship table, having presided over their relegation from the Premier League last season.

Days after the former Bayern Munich manager's dismissal, a Guardian column detailing his surreal stint at Craven Cottage claimed Magath sent the club kit man to a nearby Tesco to buy a large block of cheese to soothe Hangeland's sore spot.

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Hangeland has been vocal in his criticism of Magath

"I merely suggested it could be worth trying the old wives' tale of applying quark cheese to the injured area," Magath said on his Facebook page.

"These false-stories from the player Hangeland are rubbish. I would never tell a doctor what to do. But sadly this story has now been taken on and distorted by the media."

Hangeland, the club's captain at the time, was released after seven years with the Whites in the summer and has since joined Crystal Palace.

Magath, hired for his escapologist knack in Germany, was Fulham's third manager during a catastrophic campaign as their 13-year run in the Premier League ended pitifully.

Nicknamed Quälix, a mix of Felix and the German verb quälen (to torture), Magath won three Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg however he has been accused of persisting with an outdated style.

"I'm as convinced as ever that English football has something to learn from German qualities," he said. "Unfortunately they're reluctant to accept things."